Recherche Images Maps Play YouTube Actualités Gmail Drive Plus »
Connexion
Les utilisateurs de lecteurs d'écran peuvent cliquer sur ce lien pour activer le mode d'accessibilité. Celui-ci propose les mêmes fonctionnalités principales, mais il est optimisé pour votre lecteur d'écran.

Brevets

  1. Recherche avancée dans les brevets
Numéro de publicationUS5582717 A
Type de publicationOctroi
Numéro de demandeUS 08/030,323
Numéro PCTPCT/US1991/006557
Date de publication10 déc. 1996
Date de dépôt11 sept. 1991
Date de priorité12 sept. 1990
État de paiement des fraisCaduc
Autre référence de publicationUS5108590, WO1992004969A1
Numéro de publication030323, 08030323, PCT/1991/6557, PCT/US/1991/006557, PCT/US/1991/06557, PCT/US/91/006557, PCT/US/91/06557, PCT/US1991/006557, PCT/US1991/06557, PCT/US1991006557, PCT/US199106557, PCT/US91/006557, PCT/US91/06557, PCT/US91006557, PCT/US9106557, US 5582717 A, US 5582717A, US-A-5582717, US5582717 A, US5582717A
InventeursDennis E. Di Santo
Cessionnaire d'origineDi Santo; Dennis E.
Exporter la citationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
Liens externes: USPTO, Cession USPTO, Espacenet
Water dispenser with side by side filling-stations
US 5582717 A
Résumé
Disclosed is a self service water dispensing apparatus especially adapted to be located inside a grocery store. This apparatus includes a housing which provides a rigid support structure having a base section which has integral therewith a water storage tank, and an upper section immediately above the base section which includes a plurality of water filling stations. The upper section and base section are joined together and are contiguous with each other along a common generally horizontal plane located about waist high to a typical adult user. This provides a compact and convenient to use structure. The water filling stations each comprise a recessed cubicle having a top wall with a delivery spout therein, an open front side into which a water bottle is placed beneath the spout for filling, and a floor including a drain. Manually operable control switches are at each vending station. When one of these switches is actuated a pump is energized to pump water from the storage tank to the spout in the filling station associated with the manually operable control switch actuated. A reverse osmosis water purifying unit purifies water from a public supply source and delivers the purified water to the storage tank. A float detects when the level of purified water in the storage tank is low, causing water from a public supply source to be fed through the reverse osmosis unit. An ozone generator or ultraviolet light is included to kill bacteria.
Images(7)
Previous page
Next page
Revendications(7)
I claim:
1. A water dispensing apparatus for providing water to a consumer including:
a housing having a plurality of water filling stations disposed side by side along a straight line, thereby allowing positioning of bottles to be filled with water along a flat wall defined by the stations, and further including a ledge extending outward from the housing toward a consumer thereby supporting the bottles to be filled with water;
each of said water filling stations comprising a cubicle having a delivery spout therein, an open front side with vertical wall portions defining a frame into said cubicle into which one of the bottles is placed beneath the spout for filling and a sloped floor including a water drain, the drains being coupled to a sump tank, said sump tank being located below the ledge and the floors;
means for providing an alternate to coin operated water dispensing means including manually operable control means which upon being actuated causes water to flow from one of the spouts into one of bottles placed in one of the cubicles;
pump means for pumping water to one of the spouts in one of the cubicles upon said manually operable control means being actuated;
means for pumping water from a public supply source to the water dispensing apparatus;
a storage tank for storing the water from the public supply source, said tank being integral with walls of a base section of the apparatus and located below said ledge and said floor and said walls extending upwardly to connect with said ledge; and
means for purifying the water from the public supply source prior to delivery to one of the spouts.
2. A water dispensing apparatus including:
a housing having a plurality of water filling stations disposed side by side along a straight line and further including a ledge extending outward from walls of the housing toward the consumer thereby supporting bottles to be filled with water;
each of said water filling stations comprising a cubicle, each of the cubicles having a delivery spout within the cubicle, an open front side with vertical wall portions defining a frame into the cubicle into which a water bottle is placed beneath the spout for filling and each of said cubicles having a sloped floor including a drain, the drains being coupled to a sump tank located below the floors;
means providing an alternate to coin operated water dispensing means including manually operable control means which upon being actuated causes water to flow from one of the spouts into a bottle placed in one of the cubicles;
pump means for pumping water to one of the spouts in the cubicles upon the manually operable control means being actuated;
means for pumping water from a public supply source to the water dispensing apparatus;
a storage tank arranged for storing water from the public supply source; and
means for purifying the water from the public supply source prior to delivery to the spouts.
3. The apparatus of claim 2, wherein the means for purifying water comprises ultraviolet light.
4. The apparatus of claim 2, wherein the means for purifying water comprises a filter of the reverse osmosis type.
5. The apparatus of claim 2, wherein the means for purifying water comprises an ozone generator means which periodically generates ozone that is mixed with water in the storage tank.
6. The apparatus of claim 2, further including a means for detecting when a level of purified water in the storage tank is low.
7. The apparatus of claim 6, wherein the means for detecting when a level of purified water in the storage tank is low includes a float member in the storage tank.
Description

This is a 371 of PCT/US91/06557, filed on Sep. 11, 1991 which is a continuation-in-part of application Ser. No. 07/581,023, filed on Sep. 12, 1990, now U.S. Pat. No. 5,108,590.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of the Invention

This invention relates to apparatus for dispensing purified water. It also relates to two better methods of operating grocery store facilities. In one method the growth of bacteria on produce displayed for sale in a grocery store is inhibited by spraying the produce with the ozonated water from the apparatus. In the second method water is conserved by using waste water from the reverse osmosis unit of the apparatus for the cooling tower of the refrigeration system for the grocery store.

2. Background Discussion

Many grocery stores, particularly large chain stores, have outside, near the entrance of these stores, coin operated vending machines which dispense purified, and in some cases, demineralized drinking water. The customers bring a bottle to the machine, place it in a vending station, and then insert coins into the machine to actuate the machine, causing it to dispense a predetermined quantity of water sufficient to fill the bottle. Because these machines are outside, they are subject to vandalization, and they are exposed to a hostile outdoor environment, which results in rapid deterioration of the machine, leading to frequent service calls.

Grocery stores commonly display fresh produce, fruits and vegetables, which is periodically sprayed with water to maintain the appearance and weight of the produce. Many believe that harmful bacteria grows within the misting system used to spray the produce with water.

Grocery stores usually have a large capacity refrigeration system having cooling towers which use large quantities of cooling water. It is desirable to converse water used in these grocery store refrigeration systems.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

It is the object of tile present invention to provide a self service vending apparatus, which efficiently utilizes space and provides a method of dispensing purified water that gives an economic incentive to the grocery store to keep the apparatus inside the store. The apparatus of this invention is not coin-operated. Rather, the customer simply fills his or her bottle with purified water and then pays for the water when checking out of the grocery store. This eliminates all the mechanical and electronic equipment normally associated with coin-operated vending machines, and it also gives the grocery store an opportunity to make a profit on the sale of the water directly, without the need to collect and account for coin sales.

In accordance with this invention, the water is disinfected using ozone or ultraviolet light. Ozone is preferred because it is carried with the water into the bottle upon dispensing. The disinfected water is stored in sufficient quantity in the apparatus to allow the grocery store to tap into this supply and use the disinfected water for housekeeping and other purposes within the grocery store facility. One of the principal advantages of using disinfected water is to spray this water on produce, when unpacked and displayed for sale within the grocery store. Such spraying helps eliminate product weight loss due to dehydration and eliminates waterspots on mirrors and glassware of the produce display cases.

The apparatus of this invention preferably uses a reverse osmosis unit to purify water from a public supply source. The water passing through a membrane in the reverse osmosis unit is purified, but a large portion is waste water which is normally directed to the public sewerage system. As an optional feature of this invention, this waste water may be fed to the cooling tower of the grocery store's refrigeration system, thereby conserving water.

The apparatus of this invention has several features, no single one of which is solely responsible for its desirable attributes. Without limiting the scope of this invention as expressed by the claims which follow, its more prominent features will now be discussed briefly. After considering this discussion, and particularly after reading the section of this application entitled, "DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS," one will understand how the combined features of this invention provide its advantages, which include (i) compactness, speed, convenience of use, and simplification of dispensing, (ii) provision of ozonated or ultraviolet treated water for spraying produce, and (iii) provision for the conservation of water.

The first feature of this invention is that a large capacity storage tank is used to hold a supply of purified and ozonated water. The apparatus includes a housing which provides a rigid support structure. This housing has a base section that has integral therewith the large capacity water storage tank. The storage tank has a capacity ranging between between about 175 and about 250 gallons. This is an adequate supply to handle the needs of both customers and the grocery store facility.

The second feature is that the apparatus is compact. Sitting on top of the base section is an upper section immediately above the base section which includes a water filling station. Preferably, several water filling stations are provided to minimize the time customers need to wait in line to fill their water bottles. The upper section and base section are joined together and contiguous with each other along a common, generally horizontal plane located about waist-high to a typical adult user. This assembly of base and upper sections provides a compact, rigid structure which houses all the necessary pumping and water purification equipment required.

The third feature is that a conventional reverse osmosis unit, or a dionization unit, is used to purify water from any suitable public supply source. The purified water is delivered to the storage tank and retained in this tank until dispensed. There axe means in the storage tank foe detecting when the level of purified water is low, which actuate a pump to pump water from the public supply source into the reverse osmosis unit. Waste water from the reverse osmosis unit can be fed to the cooling tower of the refrigeration system for the grocery store to conserve water. when a dionization unit is used there is no waste water and, therefore, no discharge.

The forth feature is that an ozone generator, preferably located in the upper section, is periodically actuated to generate ozone. This ozone is mixed with the purified water in the storage tank.

The fifth feature is that, as an alternate to ozone treated water, ultraviolet treated water is used. In this case, a pump is periodically actuated to circulate the water in the storage tank past a source of ultraviolet light.

The sixth feature is that tap means are provided in the storage tank for dispensing the ozone or ultraviolet light treated water to a misting unit for spraying produce with ozonated water.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWING

The preferred embodiment of this invention, illustrating all its features, will now be discussed in detail. This embodiment depicts the novel and non-obvious methods and apparatus of this invention shown in the accompanying drawing, which is for illustrative purposes only. This drawing includes the following Figs., with like numerals indicating like parts:

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the water dispensing apparatus of this invention.

FIG. 2 is a left-hand elevational view of the apparatus shown in FIG. 1.

FIG. 3 is a right-hand elevational view of the apparatus shown in FIG. 1.

FIG. 4 is a rear elevational view of the apparatus shown in FIG. 1.

FIG. 4A is a rear elevational view similar to that shown in FIG. 4 with the rear panel removed.

FIG. 5 is a front elevational view of the apparatus shown in FIG. 1.

FIG. 6 is a cross-sectional view taken along line 6--6 of FIG. 1.

FIG. 7 is a schematic illustration of the reverse osmosis unit used to purify water from a public source entering the apparatus shown in FIG. 1.

FIG. 8 is a schematic illustration of the ozonation unit used in the apparatus shown in FIG. 1.

FIG. 9 is a schematic drawing of a 5 micron filter through which purified water flows prior to exiting the apparatus.

FIG. 10 is a schematic drawing showing the pressure gauges and flow meters foe the reverse osmosis unit shown in FIG. 7.

FIG. 11 is a schematic drawing illustrating an alternate embodiment of this invention similar to the apparatus show in FIG. 4A, but using an ultraviolet light source and a modified pumping system.

FIG. 12 is a right-hand side elevational view of the apparatus shown in FIG. 11.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS OF THE INVENTION

As illustrated in FIGS. 1 through 6, the water dispensing apparatus 10 of this invention includes a housing 12 having an upper section 14 and a base section 16. Both the upper and base sections 14 and 16 are made of stainless steel sheets welded together to provide a rigid support structure. Within the housing 12 are a conventional reverse osmosis unit 28 (FIG. 7), including a motor 64 and a pump 66, and a conventional ozonation unit 30 (FIG. 8), including a recirculating motor 70 and a pump 72 In the upper section are a plurality of cubicle-like filling stations 14a into which the customer places empty bottles 40 to be filled with water from the apparatus 10. An optional feature is that the housing 12 may contain a deionization unit through which the water flows prior to exiting the apparatus to reduce the amount of total dissolved solids to less than 10 parts per million.

The base section 16 has a front door 18 which, when opened, exposes to view an instrument panel, including a pressure gauge 24 and flow meters 26 (FIG. 10) for the reverse osmosis unit 28. When the door 18 is opened, one may check to see what the pressure is and the rate at which water is flowing through the reverse osmosis unit 28 to determine if the membrane 28a (FIG. 7) needs to be replaced. The right side of the base section 16 as viewed in FIG. 1 houses two reverse osmosis pre-filters 20 and 22. On the left side of this base section 16, and integral with the walls of the base section 16, is a box-like water storage tank 32 having a capacity ranging between about 175 and about 250 gallons. An access port to the tank 32 is covered by a heavy plastic cap 32a, including a 0.5 micron air filter which removes bacteria as air enters the tank 32, and a 5 micron carbon filter to strip ozone from exhaust gases expelled from the storage tank. within the base section 16 is a sump tank 34, including a sump pump 36 and sump motor 38 to pump water in the sump tank to the public sewerage system.

An optional tap 37 near the bottom of the storage tank 32 is used to connect the storage tank to a misting system (not shown) for spraying the ozone treated water onto produce. As the ozonated water flows through the misting system it kills bacteria growing in the system. The system is thereby filled with ozonated water which inhibits the renewed growth of bacteria in the misting system. A back flow prevention device such as a check valve 39 prevents a reverse flow of water from the misting system into the storage tank 32.

Both the upper and base sections 14 and 16 are box-like structures which are joined together along a common, generally horizontal plane which is approximately at the waist of a typical adult user. This provides a compact structure that does not take up much space in a grocery store. The upper section 14 is off-set inwardly relative to the front face of the base section 16 to provide a ledge 38 which can be conveniently used to support bottles 40 prior to being placed placed in the filling stations 14a. The overall height of the apparatus 10 is approximately 78 inches. It has a depth of approximately 35 inches, with the offset ledge 38 being approximately 7 inches in width. The width of the apparatus 10 is approximately 16 to 72 inches. Each filling station 14a has an open front 42 approximately 14 inches in width and a height of approximately 23 inches.

As best shown in FIG. 5, the upper section 14 has four filling stations 14a (although one could be used), which are in a row with each station having in its upper top wall 44 a downwardly extending spout 46. The water flows through the spout 46 and is delivered to a bottle 40 placed within a filling station 14a. The spouts 46 are preferably designed so that the customer cannot contaminate them. When water is delivered to any filling station 14a, it passes through a carbon filter 78 or a 5 micron post filter prior to exiting the apparatus 10.

Above each filling station 14a is manually-operated control switch 48 which, when actuated, causes energization of a motos 50 fox a booster pump 52 which pumps purified water stored in diaphragm tank 54 through the spout 46 closest to the switch being actuated. Thus, the customer simply places a bottle 40 beneath a spout 46 and actuates the control switch 48 immediately above the filling station into which the bottle is placed to deliver purified water into the bottle. Upon return of the switch 48 to the off position, the flow of purified water from the spout 46 is discontinued. There is a floor 51 in each filling station 14a including a drain 53. These drains 53 are in communication through lines (not shown) with the sump tank 34, so that any water spilled during filling a bottle 40 flows through the drains 53 into the sump tank 34.

As best illustrated in FIGS. 2, 3, and 4A, the upper section 14 has the ozonation unit 30 contained within it. This upper section 14 also houses the diaphragm tank 54, the booster pump 52, and booster pump motor 50. The diaphragm tank 54 is pressurized at approximately 30 pounds per square inch. There are conventional flow-control units 58 associated with each filling station 14a. These flow-control units 58 regulate the rate of flow of the pressurized water from the diaphragm tank 54 as it is delivered. Purified water leaves the reverse osmosis unit 28 and flows through a line 68 and a 0.2 micron solid block carbon filter 79 into the storage tank 32, with rejected water fed directly to a cooling tower (not shown) for the refrigeration system (not shown) for the grocery store or to a sewerage system. The carbon filter 78 removes any undesirable taste and odor contaminants in the purified water.

A float 60 (FIG. 4A) in the storage tank 32 controls the flow of water from a public supply source into the apparatus 10. When the float 60 moves downwardly as a result of the water level in the storage tank lowering, it closes a control switch 62 to actuate the motor 64 and the pump 66 in the reverse osmosis unit 28, so that water from the public supply source is drawn into the unit to flow through the reverse osmosis pre-filters 20 and 22 into the reverse osmosis unit. A line (not shown) connected to the public source of water extends through an access opening 32b in a partition 45 which separates the upper section 14 from the storage tank 32 and base section 16. when the level of water in the storage tank 32 rises, the switch 62 is opened and the motor 64 operation is discontinued. About 15 minutes within each 90-minute cycle, a timer (not shown) actuates the ozone recirculating motor 70 and pump 72 so that purified water from the storage tank is cycled through a venturi 74 which introduces ozone from an ozone generator 76 into the purified water. The ozonated water is returned to the storage tank 32 through the line 78. The concentration of ozone in the ozonated and purified water in the storage tank 32 is between 0.1 and 0.4 parts per million.

For purposes of clarity the lines and piping placing the various components of apparatus in communication with each other have not been shown. These lines are all conventional and connected using conventional plumbing fixtures.

ALTERNATE EMBODIMENT

FIGS. 11 and 12 show an alternate embodiment of this invention using ultraviolet light as a disinfectant for the water and a modified pumping system. In place of the ozonation unit 30 show in FIG. 8, an ultraviolet light source 100 is positioned adjacent a lille 102 which is transparent to ultaviolet light to allow the light to impinge against the water flowing through the line, disinfecting the water. Periodically, water is pumped from the storage tank 32 past the light source 100 to expose the water to the light. In this embodiment, the diaphragm tank 54 and associated booster pump 52 are eliminated. Instead, each filling station 14a has a motorized pump 104 associated with it that pumps water from the storage tank 32 to the spouts 46 when one of the control switches 48 is manually actuated. A deionization unit (not shown) may be used with the ultraviolet light source 100 in the conventional manner.

SCOPE OF THE INVENTION

The above presents a description of the best mode contemplated of carrying out the present invention, and of the manner and process of making and using it, in such full, clear, concise, and exact terms as to enable any person skilled in the art to which it pertains to make and use this invention. This invention is, however, susceptible to modifications and alternate constructions from that discussed above which are fully equivalent. Consequently, it is not the intention to limit this invention to the particular embodiments disclosed. On the contrary, the intention is to cover all modifications and alternate constructions coming within the spirit and scope of the invention as generally expressed by the following claims:

Citations de brevets
Brevet cité Date de dépôt Date de publication Déposant Titre
US2831609 *9 janv. 195722 avr. 1958Harold R MontbriandLiquid dispensing apparatus
US3207281 *22 juil. 196321 sept. 1965Norris Jr Sam BLiquid vending apparatus
US3207282 *29 nov. 196321 sept. 1965Jr Sam B NorrisLiquid vending apparatus with liquid purifying means
US3375913 *17 janv. 19662 avr. 1968Foremost Dairies IncBalanced drinking water vendors
US3856676 *3 avr. 197224 déc. 1974Raypak IncWater purification and vending apparatus
US4160727 *7 déc. 197610 juil. 1979Foremost-Mckesson, Inc.Method and apparatus utilizing staged reverse osmosis units for purifying and dispensing water
US4258501 *15 août 197931 mars 1981Lawrence C. Calvert, IISeed sprouting apparatus and method
US4347704 *3 avr. 19807 sept. 1982Hager And Elsasser GmbhThermal power plant water treatment process
US4501381 *27 avr. 198326 févr. 1985Hart John EPurified water dispensing machine
US4512377 *19 déc. 198323 avr. 1985Greer Terry NBeverage dispensing apparatus
US4528093 *15 août 19839 juil. 1985Water Marketers, Inc.Method and apparatus for purifying and dispensing water
US4548060 *25 nov. 198322 oct. 1985Campbell George TLocking device for vending machines
US4585554 *1 mai 198429 avr. 1986Burrows Bruce DCombined purified water dispensing device and reject water control device
US4597509 *13 nov. 19841 juil. 1986Mckesson CorporationDrinking water dispensing unit and method
US4599166 *18 mai 19848 juil. 1986Rudolf GesslauerOzone drinking water purification apparatus
US4623467 *25 juin 198418 nov. 1986International Manufacturing And Water Vending CompanyWater purifying and vending apparatus
US4741454 *16 janv. 19863 mai 1988John S. RayProtective enclosure for vending apparatus and the like
US4801375 *17 févr. 198731 janv. 1989Cuno IncorporatedWater vending system
US4842723 *17 déc. 198727 juin 1989Bowman, Mell Company, Inc.Water purifying apparatus
US4852621 *10 août 19871 août 1989Bear Don EBottled water pressurization system
US4857184 *7 sept. 198815 août 1989Deloach AnthonySelf-contained water treatment system and enclosure
US4898678 *12 déc. 19886 févr. 1990Johnson Charles GHeavy-metal separator for drinking water
US4946599 *21 nov. 19887 août 1990Thomas L. CraigApparatus and method for converting bottled water dispensers to continuous supply systems
US4958747 *15 août 198825 sept. 1990Sheets Kerney TBottled water dispenser
US4969991 *30 août 198913 nov. 1990Valadez Gerardo MWater purifying and dispensing system
US4997553 *15 mars 19905 mars 1991Clack CorporationStorage and dispensing apparatus for reverse osmosis filtration purification system
US5002664 *15 mars 199026 mars 1991Clack CorporationFluid flow control device for R.O. filtration purification systems
US5064097 *10 oct. 199012 nov. 1991Water Center International Ltd.Compact water purification and beverage dispensing apparatus
US5108590 *12 sept. 199028 avr. 1992Disanto DennisWater dispenser
US5112477 *1 mars 199112 mai 1992Hamlin Jerry JPurified water and ice dispensing apparatus
US5128035 *8 févr. 19917 juil. 1992Clack CorporationFluid flow control device for water treatment systems
US5147532 *21 févr. 199115 sept. 1992Leek Jr Kenneth FDomestic grey water purifier using diverter and UV filter treater with preheater
Référencé par
Brevet citant Date de dépôt Date de publication Déposant Titre
US5744028 *21 nov. 199628 avr. 1998Konica CorporationWater treating apparatus
US5766453 *13 nov. 199616 juin 1998Whirlpool CorporationFiltered water dispensing cabinet
US5782380 *27 sept. 199621 juil. 1998Pure Fill CorporationWater dispensing system
US5855795 *18 nov. 19965 janv. 1999Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.Methods and apparatus for sterilizing purified water stored in a water purifier
US5881913 *4 juin 199816 mars 1999Entre Pure Industries, Inc.Contamination proof purified water dispenser
US5911884 *2 déc. 199615 juin 1999Entre Pure IndustriesContamination proof purified water dispenser and method of using same
US5976363 *11 oct. 19962 nov. 1999Monroe; JerryCompact water-conserving kitchen water station with sink for supplying copious purified water, particularly for restaurants
US6013189 *9 janv. 199811 janv. 2000Burris; William AlanVented batch liquid purifier
US6085540 *23 déc. 199811 juil. 2000Davis; Kenneth A.Method and apparatus for disinfecting a water cooler reservoir
US6138869 *5 mai 199831 oct. 2000Pure Fill CorporationWater dispensing system
US6207046 *25 déc. 199827 mars 2001Suntory LimitedDrinking water dispenser
US628969023 déc. 199918 sept. 2001Kenneth A. DavisMethod and apparatus for disinfecting a water cooler reservoir
US63125885 nov. 19996 nov. 2001Fantom Technologies Inc.Water purifier
US6342155 *17 juil. 200029 janv. 2002Kintech Technology Co., Ltd.Apparatus for making fluoridated and drinking water
US639119112 janv. 200121 mai 2002Fantom Technologies Inc.Domestic water treatment appliance
US64582579 févr. 19991 oct. 2002Lynntech International LtdMicroorganism control of point-of-use potable water sources
US647535212 janv. 20015 nov. 2002Fantom Technologies Inc.Method and apparatus for monitoring an ozone generator in a household water purifier
US649181112 janv. 200110 déc. 2002Fantom Technologies Inc.Sensor for a water treatment apparatus
US649181512 janv. 200110 déc. 2002Chiaphua Industrires LimitedConstruction of a water treatment reservoir for a domestic water treatment appliance
US649187912 janv. 200110 déc. 2002Fantom Technologies Inc.Ozone generator
US651773112 janv. 200111 févr. 2003Fantom Technologies Inc.Ozonation process
US652447212 mars 200125 févr. 2003Watts Regulator Co.Monolithically-molded subassemblies for retrofitting existing RO systems to zero waste
US652448312 mars 200125 févr. 2003Watts Regulator Co.Method of retrofitting an existing RO system to zero waste
US652795012 janv. 20014 mars 2003Chiaphua Industries LimitedConstruction of a water treatment appliance
US653276018 sept. 200118 mars 2003S.I.P. Technologies, L.L.C.Method and apparatus for disinfecting a water cooler reservoir
US656138215 juin 200113 mai 2003S.I.P. Technologies, L.L.C.Method and apparatus for disinfecting a water cooler reservoir and its dispensing spigot(s)
US682017712 juin 200216 nov. 2004Intel CorporationProtected configuration space in a protected environment
US686097610 déc. 20011 mars 2005Lynntech International, Ltd.Electrochemical apparatus with retractable electrode
US686680630 sept. 200215 mars 2005Lynntech International, Ltd.Methods for assembling an electrochemical cell
US690760027 déc. 200014 juin 2005Intel CorporationVirtual translation lookaside buffer
US693481710 oct. 200323 août 2005Intel CorporationControlling access to multiple memory zones in an isolated execution environment
US694145822 sept. 20006 sept. 2005Intel CorporationManaging a secure platform using a hierarchical executive architecture in isolated execution mode
US695733231 mars 200018 oct. 2005Intel CorporationManaging a secure platform using a hierarchical executive architecture in isolated execution mode
US696473912 déc. 200115 nov. 2005Tersano Inc.Device and method for generating and applying ozonated water
US699057931 mars 200024 janv. 2006Intel CorporationPlatform and method for remote attestation of a platform
US699671031 mars 20007 févr. 2006Intel CorporationPlatform and method for issuing and certifying a hardware-protected attestation key
US699674829 juin 20027 févr. 2006Intel CorporationHandling faults associated with operation of guest software in the virtual-machine architecture
US701348431 mars 200014 mars 2006Intel CorporationManaging a secure environment using a chipset in isolated execution mode
US702073830 sept. 200328 mars 2006Intel CorporationMethod for resolving address space conflicts between a virtual machine monitor and a guest operating system
US70245551 nov. 20014 avr. 2006Intel CorporationApparatus and method for unilaterally loading a secure operating system within a multiprocessor environment
US702814929 mars 200211 avr. 2006Intel CorporationSystem and method for resetting a platform configuration register
US703596327 déc. 200025 avr. 2006Intel CorporationMethod for resolving address space conflicts between a virtual machine monitor and a guest operating system
US705880715 avr. 20026 juin 2006Intel CorporationValidation of inclusion of a platform within a data center
US706944229 mars 200227 juin 2006Intel CorporationSystem and method for execution of a secured environment initialization instruction
US707304212 déc. 20024 juil. 2006Intel CorporationReclaiming existing fields in address translation data structures to extend control over memory accesses
US707666915 avr. 200211 juil. 2006Intel CorporationMethod and apparatus for communicating securely with a token
US707680231 déc. 200211 juil. 2006Intel CorporationTrusted system clock
US708261522 sept. 200025 juil. 2006Intel CorporationProtecting software environment in isolated execution
US708941831 mars 20008 août 2006Intel CorporationManaging accesses in a processor for isolated execution
US709649730 mars 200122 août 2006Intel CorporationFile checking using remote signing authority via a network
US710377117 déc. 20015 sept. 2006Intel CorporationConnecting a virtual token to a physical token
US711117631 mars 200019 sept. 2006Intel CorporationGenerating isolated bus cycles for isolated execution
US711737628 déc. 20003 oct. 2006Intel CorporationPlatform and method of creating a secure boot that enforces proper user authentication and enforces hardware configurations
US712432729 juin 200217 oct. 2006Intel CorporationControl over faults occurring during the operation of guest software in the virtual-machine architecture
US712754816 avr. 200224 oct. 2006Intel CorporationControl register access virtualization performance improvement in the virtual-machine architecture
US713989030 avr. 200221 nov. 2006Intel CorporationMethods and arrangements to interface memory
US714267418 juin 200228 nov. 2006Intel CorporationMethod of confirming a secure key exchange
US716518127 nov. 200216 janv. 2007Intel CorporationSystem and method for establishing trust without revealing identity
US717505428 nov. 200113 févr. 2007S.I.P. Technologies, LlcMethod and apparatus for disinfecting a refrigerated water cooler reservoir
US717796730 sept. 200313 févr. 2007Intel CorporationChipset support for managing hardware interrupts in a virtual machine system
US719144015 août 200113 mars 2007Intel CorporationTracking operating system process and thread execution and virtual machine execution in hardware or in a virtual machine monitor
US721578122 déc. 20008 mai 2007Intel CorporationCreation and distribution of a secret value between two devices
US722544127 déc. 200029 mai 2007Intel CorporationMechanism for providing power management through virtualization
US723705130 sept. 200326 juin 2007Intel CorporationMechanism to control hardware interrupt acknowledgement in a virtual machine system
US727283130 mars 200118 sept. 2007Intel CorporationMethod and apparatus for constructing host processor soft devices independent of the host processor operating system
US728719715 sept. 200323 oct. 2007Intel CorporationVectoring an interrupt or exception upon resuming operation of a virtual machine
US729626712 juil. 200213 nov. 2007Intel CorporationSystem and method for binding virtual machines to hardware contexts
US730251113 oct. 200527 nov. 2007Intel CorporationChipset support for managing hardware interrupts in a virtual machine system
US730559230 juin 20044 déc. 2007Intel CorporationSupport for nested fault in a virtual machine environment
US730857631 déc. 200111 déc. 2007Intel CorporationAuthenticated code module
US731366928 févr. 200525 déc. 2007Intel CorporationVirtual translation lookaside buffer
US731823516 déc. 20028 janv. 2008Intel CorporationAttestation using both fixed token and portable token
US735673530 mars 20048 avr. 2008Intel CorporationProviding support for single stepping a virtual machine in a virtual machine environment
US736630530 sept. 200329 avr. 2008Intel CorporationPlatform and method for establishing trust without revealing identity
US737740719 avr. 200527 mai 2008Entrepure Industries, Inc.Modular water vending system and dispenser
US738942728 sept. 200017 juin 2008Intel CorporationMechanism to secure computer output from software attack using isolated execution
US739241526 juin 200224 juin 2008Intel CorporationSleep protection
US739540528 janv. 20051 juil. 2008Intel CorporationMethod and apparatus for supporting address translation in a virtual machine environment
US742268418 oct. 20049 sept. 2008S.I.P. Technologies, L.L.C.Method and apparatus for sanitizing water dispensed from a water dispenser having a reservoir
US742470915 sept. 20039 sept. 2008Intel CorporationUse of multiple virtual machine monitors to handle privileged events
US744909022 sept. 200411 nov. 2008Lynntech, Inc.Electrochemical apparatus with retractable electrode
US745461111 janv. 200718 nov. 2008Intel CorporationSystem and method for establishing trust without revealing identity
US748080622 févr. 200220 janv. 2009Intel CorporationMulti-token seal and unseal
US749007010 juin 200410 févr. 2009Intel CorporationApparatus and method for proving the denial of a direct proof signature
US751633029 nov. 20057 avr. 2009Intel CorporationPlatform and method for establishing provable identities while maintaining privacy
US754645731 mars 20059 juin 2009Intel CorporationSystem and method for execution of a secured environment initialization instruction
US761061119 sept. 200327 oct. 2009Moran Douglas RPrioritized address decoder
US762094931 mars 200417 nov. 2009Intel CorporationMethod and apparatus for facilitating recognition of an open event window during operation of guest software in a virtual machine environment
US763119625 févr. 20028 déc. 2009Intel CorporationMethod and apparatus for loading a trustable operating system
US764076617 juin 20035 janv. 2010S.I.P. Technologies L.L.C.Method and apparatus for disinfecting a refrigerated water cooler reservoir
US773952118 sept. 200315 juin 2010Intel CorporationMethod of obscuring cryptographic computations
US774823313 juil. 20066 juil. 2010S.I.P. Technologies L.L.C.Sanitized water dispenser
US779311128 sept. 20007 sept. 2010Intel CorporationMechanism to handle events in a machine with isolated execution
US780208518 févr. 200421 sept. 2010Intel CorporationApparatus and method for distributing private keys to an entity with minimal secret, unique information
US780995729 sept. 20055 oct. 2010Intel CorporationTrusted platform module for generating sealed data
US781880827 déc. 200019 oct. 2010Intel CorporationProcessor mode for limiting the operation of guest software running on a virtual machine supported by a virtual machine monitor
US783627522 mai 200816 nov. 2010Intel CorporationMethod and apparatus for supporting address translation in a virtual machine environment
US784096230 sept. 200423 nov. 2010Intel CorporationSystem and method for controlling switching between VMM and VM using enabling value of VMM timer indicator and VMM timer value having a specified time
US786124529 juin 200928 déc. 2010Intel CorporationMethod and apparatus for facilitating recognition of an open event window during operation of guest software in a virtual machine environment
US792129324 janv. 20065 avr. 2011Intel CorporationApparatus and method for unilaterally loading a secure operating system within a multiprocessor environment
US79526978 oct. 200831 mai 2011Voice Systems Technology, Inc.Coffee refractometer method and apparatus
US800766623 mai 200830 août 2011S.I.P. Technologies L.L.C.Apparatus for sanitizing water dispensed from a water dispenser having a reservoir
US801453022 mars 20066 sept. 2011Intel CorporationMethod and apparatus for authenticated, recoverable key distribution with no database secrets
US803731422 déc. 200311 oct. 2011Intel CorporationReplacing blinded authentication authority
US80563585 janv. 201015 nov. 2011S.I.P. Technologies L.L.C.Method and apparatus for disinfecting a refrigerated water cooler reservoir
US812658922 oct. 200828 févr. 2012Ecowell, Inc.Method and apparatus for a beverage and container vending machine
US814607829 oct. 200427 mars 2012Intel CorporationTimer offsetting mechanism in a virtual machine environment
US815634326 nov. 200310 avr. 2012Intel CorporationAccessing private data about the state of a data processing machine from storage that is publicly accessible
US815696827 sept. 200717 avr. 2012Watermill Express, LlcChassis assembly
US81857348 juin 200922 mai 2012Intel CorporationSystem and method for execution of a secured environment initialization instruction
US81959143 févr. 20115 juin 2012Intel CorporationMechanism for remapping post virtual machine memory pages
US823914431 mars 20107 août 2012Voice Systems Technology, Inc.Universal refractometer apparatus and method
US838678810 nov. 200926 févr. 2013Intel CorporationMethod and apparatus for loading a trustable operating system
US840747610 nov. 200926 mars 2013Intel CorporationMethod and apparatus for loading a trustable operating system
US8495893 *8 janv. 200930 juil. 2013Ali AlajimiHybrid apparatus for cooling water and air and heating water
US84959508 oct. 200830 juil. 2013Voice Systems Technology, Inc.Method and apparatus for brewing coffee via universal coffee brewing chart generation
US851134915 mars 201220 août 2013Watermill Express, LlcChassis assembly
US852204426 août 201027 août 2013Intel CorporationMechanism to handle events in a machine with isolated execution
US853377729 déc. 200410 sept. 2013Intel CorporationMechanism to determine trust of out-of-band management agents
US85437722 déc. 201024 sept. 2013Intel CorporationInvalidating translation lookaside buffer entries in a virtual machine (VM) system
US863991530 mars 201028 janv. 2014Intel CorporationApparatus and method for distributing private keys to an entity with minimal secret, unique information
US864568811 avr. 20124 févr. 2014Intel CorporationSystem and method for execution of a secured environment initialization instruction
US20100170656 *8 janv. 20098 juil. 2010Ali AlajimiHybrid refrigeration systems
US20120318635 *19 juin 201220 déc. 2012Donald Ray BrownIce vending machine with wall mount water teller
EP2243709A125 avr. 200927 oct. 2010Nestec S.A.A mobile apparatus for packing edible liquids
WO1999035096A1 *7 janv. 199915 juil. 1999Burris William AVented batch liquid purifier
WO2000027761A1 *8 nov. 199918 mai 2000Conrad Wayne ErnestDomestic method and apparatus for dispensing purified water
WO2005097664A1 *5 avr. 200520 oct. 2005Waterwerkz LtdWater dispenser
WO2010121865A111 mars 201028 oct. 2010Nestec Sa.A mobile apparatus for packing edible liquids
Classifications
Classification aux États-Unis210/86, 222/2, 222/189.6, 210/248, 210/192, 210/257.2
Classification internationaleG07F13/02, C02F9/00, C02F1/78, B67D1/00, C02F1/32, B01D61/08, C02F1/44
Classification coopérativeB67D1/0014, C02F1/78, C02F9/005, G07F13/025, C02F1/325, B67D2210/00023, B67D2210/00015, B01D61/08, C02F1/441
Classification européenneC02F9/00B, G07F13/02B, B67D1/00E6, C02F1/44B, C02F1/32D, B01D61/08
Événements juridiques
DateCodeÉvénementDescription
27 janv. 2009FPExpired due to failure to pay maintenance fee
Effective date: 20081210
10 déc. 2008LAPSLapse for failure to pay maintenance fees
16 juin 2008REMIMaintenance fee reminder mailed
21 mai 2004FPAYFee payment
Year of fee payment: 8
9 juin 2000FPAYFee payment
Year of fee payment: 4
26 juin 1998ASAssignment
Owner name: COAST BUSINESS CREDTI, A DIVISION OF SOUTHERN PACI
Free format text: SECURITY AGREEMENT;ASSIGNOR:PURE FILL CORPORATION;REEL/FRAME:009306/0953
Effective date: 19980604
25 juin 1998ASAssignment
Owner name: PURE FILL CORPORATION, CALIFORNIA
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNOR:DISANTO, DENNIS E.;REEL/FRAME:009297/0463
Effective date: 19980527